AFR 299 Spring 2015 Rastafari: Dread, Politics, Agency

Cross Listed as REL261, PSCI233
The emergence of Rastafari in the twentieth century marked a distinct phase in the theory and practice of political agency. From its heretical roots in Jamaica, Garveyism, Ethiopianism, and Pan-Africanism, Rastafari has evolved from a Caribbean theological movement to an international political actor. This course investigates the political theory of Rastafari in order to develop intellectual resources for theorizing the concept of agency in contemporary Africana thought and political theory. We will analyze texts and audio-visual works on the political economy of late colonial Jamaica, core Rastafari thinking, political theology, the role of reggae music, the notion of agency, and the influence of Rastafari on global politics.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and participation, weekly reading e-response papers, two short essays, and a group lyrics and politics final project
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: preference will be given to Africana Studies concentrators and majors in Political Science and Religion
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AFR Core Electives,AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives, REL Africa + African Diaspora Tradition Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3111
AFR 299 - 01 (S) LEC Rastafari Division 2: Social Studies Neil Roberts
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 141 3111
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